'Metal Gear' Trojan targets Symbian phones



Symbian OS malware Skulls has been put to further use, this time masquerading as a version of the video game Metal Gear Solid, The Register reports.

Vulnerable handsets include those from manufacturers such as Nokia, Siemens, Panasonic and Sendo.

According to anti-virus software developer SimWorks, the Trojan, dubbed Metal Gear A, uses Skulls to disable anti-virus software, including the company's own. It also uses the Cabir worm to spread to other handsets.

Anyone receiving the installer file Metal Gear.sis on their Symbian phone should not open it or proceed with the installation.